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National Treasure Gallery: Pine Trees

"National Treasure Gallery: Pine Trees"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 2  January 2, 2019 (Wed) - January 14, 2019 (Mon)

Pine Trees (detail), By Hasegawa Tohaku, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (National Treasure)

Pine trees looming in dense mist are rendered solely with different shades of ink. The pines in the foreground are depicted using powerful brush strokes with deep shades of ink, while the trees standing further back are portrayed like shadows in lighter tones. The painter, Hasegawa Tohaku (1539–1610), is said to have received the inspiration for this work from and emulated the ink-painting techniques of the Chinese monk-painter Muqi (dates unknown). Among premodern Japanese painting, this is virtually the only work that endeavors to capture the atmospheric conditions and light in its composition.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 1 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure Pine Trees By Hasegawa Tohaku (1539-1610) Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century A-10471
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